A couple of days ago, Datawind announced its plan to release a $38 tablet in the US starting from late January. According to Suneet Singh Tuli, the CEO of Datawind, the $38 tablet will be just one of the three tablets Datawind is planning to release on the US market next year. The price for these tablets will range from $38 to $149 depending on hardware specifications.
Datawind’s goal is to bring inexpensive computers to schools and low-income communities, which is exactly what they’re planning to do this time. It’s hard to say at the moment how much of an impact or popularity these inexpensive devices will have within the poorest communities of America at which these devices are aimed. What we do know is that even within the poorest cities of America, people are unlikely to purchase devices with low-end specs, regardless of how cheap they are.
Speaking of specs, the $38 tablet will operate an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 1 GHz CPU, and 4 GB of internal storage. On the upside, it will also feature a microSD card slot, which will allow users to increase the storage capacity, but that’s pretty much it. The tablet’s 7 inch display will also be low-end, as it will feature a 800×480 resolution, far from what popular tablets are capable of. Still, it allows people to browse the internet at will, so at least there’s one reason why low-income families will be interested in one.